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Karnataka Bengaluru August 11 Highlights: BBMP to launch door-to-door Covid-19 screening programme

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News Live Updates: Initially, around 108 teams will be despatched. Gradually, the door-to-door visits by doctors would be extended to all the 29 lakh houses in Bengaluru.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 11, 2021 8:34:44 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19 test, CoronavirusA health worker collects the swab sample of a traveller in Bengaluru. (Photo: AP)

Karnataka Bangalore News Live Updates: To detect COVID-19 cases, the city civic body – Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) – would launch a programme involving doctors making door-to-door visits, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Monday. The Minister, who held a meeting with officials of the civic body to assess the COVID-19 situation, said the programme would be launched on August 16.

To start with, two wards would be selected in each Assembly segment, he said. A team of doctors, paramedics and ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers would visit every house and screen the households. For this, an app has been developed wherein the patients would be screened for any symptoms and co-morbidities. The data would be uploaded on the app, the Minister’s office said in a press statement.

The doctors would collect details whether the residents were vaccinated, the statement said. In case of any symptomatic patients, on-the-spot tests would be conducted and medical kits provided, it said. “We have also decided that a team of doctors will reach a household within six hours of a patient testing positive. We will provide medical kits also and they will have the names and phone numbers of the doctors,” the statement said. The patients, quarantined at home, can contact the doctors any time and this would help the doctors monitor the infected, it said. (PTI)

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17:34 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Official residence occupied, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai to operate out of guest house

Nearly a fortnight after taking over as Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai has decided to operate out of a guest house in Bengaluru owing to occupancies at official residences in the city.

Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) told The Indian Express that Bommai has decided to operate from Kumara Krupa guest house as a temporary measure. “The CM has been welcoming visitors at his personal residence in RT Nagar, but managing such a huge number of guests there has been tedious. So he has decided to work from Kumara Krupa, especially since former chief minister B S Yediyurappa continues to occupy the official residence Cauvery,” a senior official explained.

“We have got indications that the official residence where chief secretary (P Ravikumar) resides now on Palace Road in Vasanth Nagar is favoured by the CM as it shares its walls with Bhagawan Sree Maruthi Temple. The CM had visited this temple before reaching Raj Bhavan to take his oath on July 28,” said an official from the Public Works Department, adding that a final decision on the matter will be taken by the Chief Minister.

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14:43 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Karnataka bans flowers, shawls at govt events; only Kannada books to be given

Only books in Kannada, and not flowers or shawls, can now be presented as gifts at Karnataka state events. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday issued an order stating that people meeting him, and in government events across the state, should give Kannada books.

The move follows a similar announcement by V Sunil Kumar, the new minister for Energy, Kannada and Culture, on Monday, who had requested supporters who came to congratulate him not to bring flowers or other items, but to present books instead.

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13:15 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Mumbai mayor writes to PM Modi requesting merger of 865 Karnataka villages with Maharashtra

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Kishori Pednekar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to merge 865 border villages, presently part of Karnataka, with Maharashtra. Pednekar said that these villages were made part of Karnataka in 1956 when state boundaries were finalised based on languages but a majority of them still speak Marathi.

“There are about 40 lakh people in these villages whose mother tongue is Marathi and they want to be part of Maharashtra. Also, these people are forced to follow other cultures and languages. These people are facing injustice and they have been fighting against the state (Karnataka) for the last 65 years. On the occasion of August 9 (Revolution Day) I am requesting you to include these 40 lakh people in Maharashtra, “Pednekar said in her letter to Modi on August 9.

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12:51 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Kannada stuntman Vivek killed on the sets of Love You Rachu, director and producer detained

A stuntman was electrocuted on the sets of the upcoming Kannada film Love You Rachu on Monday. The incident happened during shooting of the film at Jogenahalli near Bidadi, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Stuntman Vivek was part of an action sequence that involved the use of a crane and ropes.

According to reports, Vivek’s wire rope rigging came in contact with a high-tension electric wire on the sets, killing him immediately. Another stuntman was also seriously injured in the freak accident and he is under treatment at a private hospital in Bengaluru.

Vivek was rushed to the Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital in Bengaluru where the doctors declared him dead. The 28-year-old is said to have worked as a stuntman in more than 40 films.

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11:48 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Dakshina Kannada: Two held for holding family hostage to rob valuables

The Karnataka police have confirmed the arrest of two robbers who held a family hostage at their house in Dakshina Kannada district to steal lakhs in cash and other valuables, during an incident that took place in December last year. 

According to the police, the accused have been identified as Chandrashekhar Shetty (50), a resident of Nellyadi, and Dawood Hakim (36), a resident of Suratkal. The arrests add up to a total of 15 arrests made in connection with the case so far. 

'Chandrashekhar, a distant relative of the victim (Thukrappa Shetty, an agriculturist)'s wife had conveyed all information he collected to another accused Basheer who then informed the same to Hakim to hatch a plot for dacoity,' the police said. 

After a preliminary probe, the local police had found that a nine-member dacoity gang had tied the house owner and stabbed his wife to loot the house to flee with cash and gold ornaments. It was estimated that Rs 1.5 lakh in cash and 240 grams of gold ornaments were robbed by the gang.

Also Read | Karnataka: Robbers tie house owner to chair, stab wife before fleeing with valuables near Dharmasthala

11:06 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Amid reports of rumblings within BJP, Basavaraj Bommai says no confusion regarding portfolio allocation

Amid reports of political rumblings within the BJP ever since the cabinet expansion exercise took place, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that there is no confusion regarding portfolio allocation in the state.

Days after Bommai distributed portfolios to his cabinet members, MTB Nagaraj and Anand Singh had openly stated their unhappiness over the portfolios allocated to them. On Sunday, Nagaraj and Singh had met Bommai and reportedly said if they are not allocated portfolios of their choice, then they would drop out of the cabinet.

The Chief Minister further said that the cabinet expansion exercise has been carried out under “special circumstances”. “There are no confusions regarding portfolio allocation. Anand Singh had come yesterday (Sunday), I have spoken to him, I have told him several things and he is satisfied. I will call him a couple of days later and speak to him once again. There is no confusion in any way,” Bommai said in Mysuru on Monday.

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10:04 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Class X results out in Karnataka, record 99.99% students clear the exam

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) Monday declared the SSLC or Class X results with a record pass percentage of 99.99 per cent.

A total of 8,71,443 students had appeared for the examination which was conducted following strict Covid protocol. With a pass percentage of 100, boys have fared slightly better than the girls at 99.99 per cent. The results were announced by the newly appointed Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh.

The Minister said 157 students have secured 625/625 marks in the SSLC examination. As many as 1,28,931 students secured A+ grade while 2,50,317 secured A grade.

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09:43 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Covid-19 vaccination: Karnataka reports lower rural coverage

Karnataka is among the three states in the country with big urban centres to report rural coverage slightly lower than the national average in terms of Covid-19 vaccination. 

The state administered 38.10 lakh doses in the last two weeks, of which 56 per cent was in rural areas, according to official data. At a national level, 63 per cent of the total doses administered in the last three weeks were in rural parts. The other states to have reported a similiar trend were Maharashtra and West Bengal. 

To date, Karnataka has administered over 3.31 crore doses of vaccine of which only 73.88 lakh were second doses. 

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09:30 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Stunt performer of Kannada movie electrocuted during shoot in Ramanagara

One person was electrocuted on Monday afternoon while performing a stunt for a Kannada movie near a high tension wire in Ramanagara district, according to police.

The police have detained the director and a few others for questioning in connection with the incident. 

Stunt performer Vivek was performing the stunt for the Kannada film 'Love you Rachchu' and standing on a crane near an 11-KV electric wire at Joganapalya village in the district. Somehow a metal wire came in contact with the wire and he got electrocuted, police said, 

He was then rushed to the Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital in Bengaluru where the doctors declared him dead.

09:20 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Bengaluru Metro services on Purple Line to be partially affected on August 11 & 12

Bengaluru Metro services between Vijayanagar and Mysore Road stations on the Purple Line will be partially affected on August 11 and 12.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has said services will be partially affected due to the commissioning work which will be underway on the new stretch between Mysuru Road and Kengeri. Services along this corridor are expected to be available to the public from later this month.

Earlier, officials had announced that the inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) on the Reach 2 extension line between these stations was scheduled to be held on August 11 and 12.

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09:18 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Tough measures to be implemented after August 15, says minister

Revenue Minister R Ashok, in-charge of pandemic management in the Bengaluru city, on Monday, said that tough measures to control the spread of the virus will be imposed in the city after August 15.

When reporters asked whether this would mean weekend curfews and a closure of economic activity, he said, “Nothing can be ruled out and decisions will be taken based on the evolving situation. The vaccination rate in the city is good, which we hope will reduce the number of hospitalisations and deaths in the city, even if the cases shoot up.”

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09:09 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Newly appointed Karnataka minister refuses flowers as gift, gets thousands of books, plans to set up library

Karnataka minister V Sunil Kumar has made a request to his followers and people who meet him to gift books instead of flowers. 

Kumar, a newly sworn in minister for Energy, Kannada and Culture on Monday requested people who come to congratulate him not to give flowers and other items but present books instead. 

After this, he has received thousands of Kannada books as a gift. "I have received thousands of books now and will give them to the library in Karkala, Udupi district and any additional books will be given to gram panchayats,” he added.

08:57 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Minister Poojari urges BJP govt to withdraw ‘false cases’ against Hindutva activists

Karnataka Minister for Social Welfare and Backward Classes Welfare Kota Srinivas Poojari has requested Home Minister Araga Jnanendra to issue orders to withdraw “false cases” filed against BJP workers and Hindutva activists in the state.

Poojari said that such cases were noted to be high in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. He added that cases against activists of other organisations were withdrawn by previous governments. “However, cases filed against Hindutva activists were not withdrawn,” he alleged.

Interestingly, Jnanendra had written to the then Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in 2019 seeking withdrawal of police cases lodged against activists from pro-Hindutva outfits related to an issue that took place in his Assembly constituency Theerthahalli (Shivamogga).

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08:49 (IST)10 Aug 2021
'Centre to increase Karnataka’s allocation of vaccine doses to 1 crore per month’ says CM

The Centre has promised to increase Karnataka’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses from around 65 lakh to 1 crore per month, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday. 

After holding a COVID-19 review meeting in Mysuru Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Karnataka is currently receiving an average of 65 lakh doses every month. When he met the Union Health Minister during his visit to Delhi and sought an increase in the allocation, he was assured that Karnataka will be receiving one crore doses from August.

Bommai also urged the Centre to raise the allocation to 1.5 crore doses from September, which will facilitate administration of 5 lakh doses every day across the state.

08:42 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Dharwad: District admin bans public celebrations of Ganesha festival

The district administration of Dharwad has announced that public celebrations of the Ganesha festival will not be allowed in the wake of a possible third wave of Covid-19 being predicted.  

According to Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil, the decision was taken much in advance as preparations for installation of Ganesh pandals begin early in teh district, particularly in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad where such pandals draw a large number of visitors. "Even though the festival is celebrated only in September, the decision was taken as a precautionary measure. Those bursting fire crackers during the festival should ensure that they use only green fire crackers authorised by the CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) and NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute)," he explained. 

The district administration had banned public celebrations of the festival last year as well, citing restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

08:35 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Covid-19 screening programme from Aug 16 as part of govt's 'proactive approach' to pandemic

To detect COVID-19 cases, the city civic body – Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) – would launch a programme involving doctors making door-to-door visits, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Monday. The Minister, who held a meeting with officials of the civic body to assess the COVID-19 situation, said the programme would be launched on August 16.

"This time we are going for a proactive approach, even before the peak in the number of cases again,” he said. He added that two wards would be selected in each Assembly segment. "A team of doctors, paramedics and ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers would visit every house and screen the households. For this, an app has been developed wherein the patients would be screened for any symptoms and co-morbidities," a statement from his office added. 

As per the plan, doctors would collect details whether the residents were vaccinated, the statement said. In case of any symptomatic patients, on-the-spot tests would be conducted and medical kits provided. “We have also decided that a team of doctors will reach a household within six hours of a patient testing positive," the statement added. 

Earlier last week, the BBMP had launched a serosurvey expected to cover 2,000 people, of which 30 per cent will be under the age of 18 50 per cent aged 18-45 and 20 per cent aged above 45 years. Blood samples of 1,000 vaccinated individuals and 1,000 non-vaccinated individuals will be collected for the survey, officials had said.

08:31 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Karnataka reports 1,186 new cases, 24 deaths

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,186 new cases of Covid-19 and 24 deaths, taking the total number of the infected to 29,19,711 and the fatalities to 36,817 till date, the Department of Health said.

The day saw 1,776 discharges and the number of recoveries so far is 28,59,552, the department said.

Out of 1,186 new cases reported today, 296 were from Bengaluru Urban which saw 410 getting discharged and one dying of the infection.

The number of active cases was 23,316. While the test positivity rate (TPR) for the day stood at 0.89 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 2.02 per cent.

08:30 (IST)10 Aug 2021
84% school teachers vaccinated with one dose, 19% with both: Education Dept

With Karnataka all set to resume offline classes for school students from August 23, the Primary and Secondary Education Department has claimed that Covid-19 vaccination drives for teachers were continued to be held on a priority basis, as decided by the government. 

According to S R Umashankar, Principal Secretary of the department, 84 per cent of the teachers had taken one dose already, while 19 per cent were administered with both doses so far. 

Meanwhile, officials in the department added that the Health Department had directed them forward lists of staff yet to be vaccinated at schools to them. "This will include information of unvaccinated teachers, non-teaching staff, and even parents of students in Classes9 and 10. Based on this list, they will be vaccinated on priority," the official added. 

Offline classes in the state are scheduled to resume next Monday for students in classes 9, 10, and pre-university colleges (equivalent to Classes 11 and 12).

08:22 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Covid-19: Independence Day celebrations to remain low-key affair in Bengaluru

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, Bengaluru is likely to keep Independence Day celebrations a low-key affair this year as well. According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, a decision on the same was taken at a meeting held with officials of the departments of health, police and the civic body on Monday. 

"While the flag-hoisting ceremony and ceremonial parade will take place, no cultural programmes will be hosted. No audience will be allowed at the event as well. A final list of all protocols to be followed on August 15 will be issued soon," he said. 

Gupta added that officials were working in tandem with officials of various departments based on suggestions made by technical advisory committees and experts to handle the pandemic efficiently.

08:20 (IST)10 Aug 2021
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Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah asked the BJP government not to get into “petty politics” with its attempt to change the name of Indira Canteens, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. On Saturday, BJP general secretary C T Ravi asked Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to rechristen Indira Canteens, a flagship programme launched by the previous Congress government to provide ready-to-eat food to economically disadvantaged people in the state, as Annapoorneshwari Canteens.

READ | Karnataka ex-CM Siddaramaiah, BJP’s C T Ravi spar on Twitter over suggestion to rename Indira Canteens

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) Monday declared the SSLC or Class X results with a record pass percentage of 99.99 per cent. A total of 8,71,443 students had appeared for the examination which was conducted following strict Covid protocol. With a pass percentage of 100, boys have fared slightly better than the girls at 99.99 per cent. The results were announced by the newly appointed Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh.

READ | Class X results out in Karnataka, record 99.99% students clear the exam

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Karnataka Bengaluru News August 9 Highlights

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